5409Re: [orthodox-synod] Communique from the Chancery of the Synod 11/23
- Nov 26, 2001Regarding:
>I was at the Southern Missions Conference in November 10 and 11, 2001 where ISo, what was his answer?
>asked the question to Bishop Gabriel about why we couldn't serve a moleben
>for Metropolitan Vitaly.
>There are conference tapes you can purchase whereWell, I was not there, but it is absolutely beyond belief that Bishop
>he states that molebens cannot be served for the Metropolitan. Also Father
>John Whiteford was sitting next to him at the time and can attest to this.
>If the tapes are edited by ROCOR, I have my own that I filmed.
Gabriel could have made such a statement.
We are instructed by Christ to pray for **everyone**--including our enemies.
Praying for the revered Metropolitan, who is now, due to his frailty, being
manipulated by a mixed bag of defrocked, suspended, and renegade clergy,
who are using him to accomplish their particular agenda, should be a
requirement for all of us.
It is most likely that you misunderstood what he said.
I just spoke with Bishop Gabriel about this and he told me that what he was
talking about at the Conference was that the original plan of the Sobor of
Bishops was that Metropolitan Vitaly would be commemorated at the Divine
Services together with Metropolitan Laurus, but when the document came
signed by Metropolitan Vitaly that he was breaking away from all the other
bishops and forming his own ecclesiastical structure--of course the bishops
decided that it would be ludicrous to continue commemoration of
Metropolitan Vitaly. However, the Sobor of Bishops specifically supported
the commemoration of Metropolitan Vitaly at the Augmented Litany in the
petition for Those Who are Ailing, which is what we do at our Cathedral,
both at the Liturgy and at the Molieben which follows it.
Bishop Gabriel said that yesterday, at the Molieben before the
Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Nicholas at the Synod, petitions for "the
ailing Metropolitan Vitaly" were read.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff
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